Monday, May 26, 2008

Are The Bad Guys Gonna Win?

She looked at me as she asked that question, two round tears forming in the corners of her eyes.

I had just finished telling her about the war that is raging inside of her little body--that she has some kind of Bad Guy Germs and her White Blood Cell Good Guys are busy powing them. Which is why she feels yucky and has a fever.

The little story about The White Blood Cell Good Guys Powing The Bad Guy Germs brings no end of comfort to Ryan when he's sick. He can imagine his strong body kicking some Bad Guy Germ Butt. He has never doubted the outcome of the battle, not once.

So Morgan's question threw me for a loop. She was so very worried, poor little thing. Sigh. My kids ask hard questions! I suppose it's commensurate with how smart they are.

Naturally, I reassured her that the Bad Guys would lose the battle, and here she is, already up and about, playing with her stuffed doggies and talking talking talking. Here's hoping we don't have to tell that story again any time soon!


Kelly said...

Awe, that is so touching!

I can imagine my parents saying something to me like "evil is impotent, Kelly, so of course the bad guys won't win!" Hahahaha. Hooray for Objectivist parents and boo on the bad guys!

Rational Jenn said...

I like that--"evil is impotent!" I'll have to try that one. Of course, that's hard to remember when you're in the middle of it, poor things.

One thing we also try to do is remind them of what's in their control. So if you have a fever, well, there's not much you can do about it, but you CAN drink lots of water and rest on the couch and that will help. If it gets really bad (or it's nighttime), then there is medicine you can take. Also, mom is there for hugs. :o)

So even though it's happening against your will--something neither of them accept gracefully, lol--there ARE things in reality that you DO have control over and can help the situation. I know for my older kid that that really helps him cope. The jury is out on the little one.

There are so many ways in which Objectivism applies to parenting. Seems like I discover a new one every day.

Thanks for stopping by!